Frank Di PernaHaleakala, Maui, Hawaii
17 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation
Haleakala Crater seen at close range looks more like a typical shot of a boulder-strewn Hawaiian beach or a sand trap from a rugged links course. Di Perna’s Hawaiian images avoid predictable touristy viewpoints and, instead, express his own vivid imagination. The hint of apple green sprinkled on a rich palette of blacks, browns, and terra cotta suggests rebirth.